Single cigarette can lead to addiction

Simon Moss
January 11, 2018

"This is the first time that the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data", said lead researcher Peter Hajek, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University.

Researchers searched global databases for studies examining cigarette experimentation and smoking habits, including research from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Many people try cigarettes during teenage just as an experiment but a new study suggests that almost 60 percent of those turn into regular smokers.

The study, compiled by researchers in London, found that if you smoke even a single cigarette, you're depressingly likely to go through a serious smoking phase. Of the 215,000 respondents, the team calculated that 60.3 percent said they had tried a cigarette - and an estimated 68.9 percent of those went on to develop a daily habit.

While, concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this has not been the case, the study stated. They only adverted that the results are limited because the individuals answered based on self-reported information. Delhi police have launched a crackdown on smoking in public places and has over the last four days booked 6,941 people in south Delhi for lighting up in public.

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In 2016, 15.5% of adults from the United Kingdom smoked - about 7.6 million people - according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 19.9% in 2010.

Likewise, 25.8 percent of young people between 18 and 24 years old smoked in 2010. It was also shown that very few non-smokers who tried e-cigarettes became daily vapers.

Biswal said that the drive was announced after public health activists had pointed it out to the senior police officers that while there was a law - Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA) - which made public smoking punishable with fine, the enforcement was not satisfactory. She stated that the government is reluctant to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers even though both the public and retailers are in support of this, notes the BBC.

Steve Brine said that smoking in Britain is at an "all-time low". The police drive against smoking in public is strongest between 6pm and 9pm when the most number of people are found to be violating norms.

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